2023 Seattle Seahawks final 53-man roster breakdown and grades

The Seattle Seahawks have now set their initial 53-man roster for 2023, but does the team look like a real contender?
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Seattle Seahawks defensive line (6)

Dre'Mont Jones, Jarran Reed, Mario Edwards, Jr., Myles Adams, Cam Young, Mike Morris

This has been a weird offseason for the defensive line. The unit has been nearly completely rebuilt, and Jones was general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll's biggest free agent signing ever. But there is no guarantee that Jones will give Seattle much better numbers than what Quinton Jefferson did last year. Their numbers were comparable in 2022.

Reed is a question mark at defensive tackle or nose guard. He hasn't been nearly as productive the last couple of seasons as a DT, and now he's trying to be the nose guard in Seattle. We have zero idea he can do that well. Edwards has never been trusted to be a long-term starter with any team he's played with and everyone else listed here is a question mark as far as what they can do on the NFL level consistently.

Grade: C

Seattle Seahawks inside linebacker (4)

Bobby Wagner, Jordyn Brooks, Devin Bush, Jon Rhattigan

Oh my goodness! At least Jordyn Brooks proved to be a superperson and he got back from a major knee injury in less time than it takes to cook some sweet potatoes. He's a great tackler, but not great in coverage or in the pass rush. However, having Wagner back puts Brooks in a spot for the Seahawks to best use his skills.

Wagner's communication skills alone should improve the defense. He's still an excellently skilled player, though his raw statistics might diminish compared to 2022 simply because he played for the Los Angeles Rams last year and the Rams use their linebackers differently than what Seattle does. Bush has been pretty good in the preseason (though he is dealing with a concussion currently). Rhattigan is really good on special teams.

Grade: B